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Hats off to Gateway Elkettes


The Gateway Elkettes — a 50-member strong auxiliary of the Gateway Elks — will celebrate their fortieth anniversary July 1. The Elkettes are comprised primarily of Elk spouses and widows and range in age from mid-30s to late 80s.

Elkette President Joanne Spina said the Elkette raison d’ être is three-fold and equally weighted: 1) It is an auxiliary group for the Gateway Elks Lodge at functions, fundraisers and wherever the lodge needs its auxiliary; 2) a fundraising entity (whose fundraising prowess, according to some, rival the Elks themselves) that produces and presents their own events focusing on charities for women and children, which include the Gateway Elks Scholarship Fund, Elks National Foundation, Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp, the Casey Eye Institute Clinic, SnowCap Community Charities, the Oregon Food Bank, Loaves & Fishes and the Francis Center; 3) a social and support network that care about each other.

“The Elkettes are a generous group of caring individuals,” Spina said. “We have a special friendship with one another. We’re a tight group of friends.”

Even though women are welcome to become Elks members, the Elkettes happily continue as their own thriving entity. A chartered group with its own set of bylaws and standing rules, they meet twice monthly. The first meeting of the month is all business. Not so with their second, a social gathering where they do whatever they fancy to make it exciting and different. At last month’s social meeting, they held a Best Hat contest, won by Jan Vandervort with her Tower of Flower Power hat.

Vice President Sheri Hayes emphasized that the next Elkette fundraising event is a yard sale, Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8 in the lodge parking lot, 711 N.E. 100th Ave. They are asking for good, usable donations and will come fetch them. Call Hayes at 503-256-1680 to arrange a time for pickup of your usable treasure. Help them out, please. For more information about Gateway Elks (and Elkettes), visit their Web site at

The Gateway Elkettes, a Gateway Elks auxiliary, will celebrate their 40th anniversary in July. Seated in the first row are, from left, Patricia Wojnowski, Beryl McLean, Shirley Lane, Marie Martien, Ruth Winterlick, JP Pierce, Sheri Hayes and Joanne Spina. Standing, from left, Colleen Wilmoth, Judy O’Dell, Cindy Hurst, Shirley Stambaugh, Bunny Van Alstyne, Joyce Mertes, Diane Misfeldt, Eleanor Brown, Sandy Show, Meg Westcott and Best Hat contest winner Jan Vandervort.
Memo Photo: Tim Curran
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